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meet the press conversation. we just heard from leon panetta and martin demp dempsey. i'm joined again now by leon panetta. as he leaves government service, we thought we'd get his personal reflection on what is an extraordinary career spanning over 40 years. secretary panetta, thanks for taking a little extra time with us. let me go through this resume. let's see, first lieutenant in the army. do you want me to say the years or not? the first head of the nixon administration's office of civil rights. i brought you a clip to show you on the day that you were ceremony -- unceremoniously asked to leave perhaps. we have the old photo of you there. then you went and ran for congress. served in congress for over a decade. bill clinton's first budget director. his chief of staff. you left for a while. they almost got you to run for governor i think of california. then cia director and then secretary of defense. it is you, jim baker, donald rumsfeld, dick cheney, you're on this mount rushmore of guys that have held every office other than the president. >> it's been a hell of a ride. i really
for outgoing defense secretary leon panetta. president obama and the joint chiefs of staff paid tribute to him. the ceremony included members from all of the u.s. armed forces as well as performances by the band. this is about 50 minutes. ♪ ♪ [applause] ba♪ ♪ ["yankee doodle" plays] >> ladies and gentleman, please stand for the playing of the united states national anthem. >> present arms. >> present arms. ["the star-spangled banner" plays] >> please be seated. [indiscernible] ladies and gentlemen, general dempsey. [applause] >> mr. president, secretary and mrs. panetta, ambassadors, members of congress, men and women of the armed forces of the united states, especially our wounded warriors, and we cannot forget bravo. i was hoping bravo would be out there for the inspection of troops, but apparently jeremy thought differently. it is an honor to be here for this event. we're here to show our profound respect and thanks to secretary panetta. i recall play "the tempest," which is a nice metaphor, and i like to think of you as the prospero of public service. the secretary has used his art
in benghazi. leon panetta testifying and likely to face tough questions. he started off by defending the military's response to crises around the world. >> the united states military, as i have said, is not, and, frankly, should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> so let's bring in our power panel. good morning to former democrat congressman and admiral joe see stack. perry bacon a political editor for the grio. susan dell pores yo, republican strategist and msnbc contributor. good morning to you all. perry, i want to start with you in regard to senator wyden and the phone call he received last night from president obama. he appeared this morning on the "today" show talking about what he's looking for today. take a listen. >> i'm committed to making sure that we get all the facts. the president called last night, early this morning i'm going to go in and read the opinion. >> how odd is it that the president reached out to wyden specifically? >> this is very unusual, almost unprecedented for the presid
rafael at dominican university. he will talk about his choice to replace leon panetta. leon panetta is stepping down as the cia director and pentagon chief. he has nominated chuck hagel as replacement. harry reid is pressing for a full vote. he is ask for people serving as early as the first. they will move to movie he theaters, and the ability to fly on defense department aircraft. >>> this morning, government experts will discuss the high speed rail program. it is a three day summit filled with visionaries who will be reviewing the plan that lasts from 2015 to 2030 and from san diego to san francisco. >>> time now 4:46 let's take another look at traffic with sal. are you looking at it? >> yes, there are no major problems through there and traffic looks good, it looks like a little bit of roadwork. coming from oakland to san francisco, it looks good 4:47 let's go to steve. there is still an on shore breeze which is not that strong but yesterday we had definitely 50s and 50s yesterday at half- moon bay fairfield 31 and yesterday at this time they had a north went and they were 31 ye
saturday morning. >> it's a good thing it's on the weekend. >>> defense secretary leon panetta's rough almost last day on benghazi. >>> plus, david beckham's last for foray into the real word. that's on "early today" returns. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. while being grilled by the senate armed services committee outgoing defense secretary leon panetta strongly defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social
a way to avoid slashing spending. >> today defense secretary leon panetta laid out the consequences for the military after so-called sequestration. package of spending cuts and tax cuts but to the republicans suggested instead cutting the federal work force. today outgoing defense secretary leon panetta warned failure to get a deal will have real consequences for u.s. military readiness. >> this is not a game. this is reality. >> if the automatic cuts go into effect he says expect action from the pentagon including furloughing as many as 800,000 civilian workers for up to 22 days. cutting back on army training and maintenance, shrinking naval operations and reducing air force flying hours and weapons and its. today a group of house republicans proposed cutting the federal work force by 10%. >> our defense should not be used as a bargaining chip because of other policy aspirations of people want to accomplish. >> house speaker john boehner called sequestration a bad idea. he says it was forced upon republicans by president obama. >> it is taking a meat ax to our government and many p
even asked theirkers questions. >> leon panetta on what american forces from lives.more >> who has stepped in to help students.n >> leon panetta says the speed the attack on the consulate u.s. forces from to saveng in time lives. told a panel today there were signs of an imminent attack last september. chris stevens and three other americans were killed. not as the raid was assault but too short a tax six hours apart. >> the confirmation hearing for nominee didama's in not start off as planned. protesters interrupted so many times the chairman stop the hearings of the room could be cleared. joins us.oper brennan did not even get his opening remarks. >> that the nomination has been surrounded by controversy. the chairman even complimented him for his forthcoming nature by he is surrounded about how the obama itsnistration is conducting war on terror. pakistan, a sum dalia -- >> please remove that woman. >> before the committee could get under way -- >> you are killing children. >> protesters interrupted the proceedings. >> the next time we are going to the chamber. >> dianne feinste
numbers on our website, wbaltv.com. >> a major announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions
. we will see you tomorrow. >> good evening for defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman and did to the senate armed services committee that they talked with president obama exactly once during the terrorist attack on the american consulate, said deadly super winter storm to bring historic snowfall, coastal flooding, while conditions and 3 feet of snow are expected. what is the department of homeland's security doing with all of the ammunition in its buying? another enormous ammunition purchase. agenda paula talk now about one point* 6 billion crowns over the past 10 months alone. we begin with the testimony of outgoing defense secretary panetta and chairman of joint chiefs general the see both bringing the ugly truth to light of the administration's handling of thank on see -- benghazi resulting in the death of chris stevens. lindsay gramm talked with president obama only once on the day of the attack. >> he relied with myself and the generals capabilities. he knows what we deployed and we presented that to him said he knew generally was deployed with as specifi
secretary leon panetta. >> a young married couple in italy packed up what few belongings that they had and boarded a boat for a new world. they passed under the statute of liberty and went through the lines of ellis island. carmelo and carmelina panetta had no money and spoke little english, but they had a dream of a better life. they worked hard. they went west to california. they started a family and taught their sons that if they studied and worked, if they gave back to this country, that they, too, could share in america's promise. today we pay tribute to their son, leon panetta, a man who hasn't simply lived up to the american dream but has helped to protect it for all of us. leon, our presence here today, members of congress, deputy secretary carter, general dempsey, and the members of the joint chiefs, service secretaries, and the men and women of the greatest military that the world has ever known, all this is a reflection of our personal appreciation to you and the gratitude of a nation that you have helped to keep strong and to keep free. by the time i came to office, leon pa
at the national prayer breakfast. leon panetta on the hot seat on the subject of benghazi. the chief is expected to testify about the pentagon's response to the attack on ought consulate. he said the u.s. didn't have enough time to respond. he says it's not like you can pick up the phone and call 911. mike emanuel is on the hill. set the stage for us on this hearing. >> reporter: it's designed to address the concerns of south carolina senator lindsey graham who threatened to hold up the confirmation for chuck hagel, his successor. so what did the president know about the benghazi attack september 11, when did he know about it and what did he do about it? sources i talked to say panetta and others are carrying out the orders of the commander-in-chief. so what were they and how were they handled. expect fireworks. rick: later on this afternoon the president's nominee the head of the cia takes center stage. >> reporter: expect john brenner to get plenty of questions about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during this time at cia. he left there in 2005. at the white house they are emphasi
a big hearing on the benghazi terror attack. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta has been pressed to make this appearance and he will do this this morning. south carolina senator lindsey graham has wanted this opportunity to question leon panetta about what he knew and what the president knew about what was unfolding in benghazi that night. we are pleased to have the senator with us. a lot of questions obviously are still out there. i think a lost people moved beyond this benghazi story. but i know it was very important to you before we got a new defense secretary to question the current one. >> why didn't they respond in a better fashion. how could these people be left for 7 hours and what did our chief barack obama to come to the aid of these people. i want to nope in detail what the president's actions were. we know everything they did in the bin laden raid, they are making two movies about it and when know virtually nothing about his leadership. we want to find out what the president did. martha: in the hillary clinton hearing there was a lot of questioning and not a lot of an
of dallas. >> maybe that's why they were at the range for some type of therapy. >> and leon panetta is on his farewell tour as defense secretary. he's now saying that drones is a moral decision. >> as a catholic i remember when i first became director of the c.i.a. and realized i was making life-and-death decisions. >> and it was the super bowl with famous super bowl ads and even jeep got in the game this year. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> and don't let mitt romney know that jeep is actually still an american company. yes, the niners lost the super bowl. for me it was no time. for you it's go time. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> so welcome to "the young turks." michael shure here, ana kasparian joining me. anna, we had a real tragedy at the shooting range here in texas texas. chris kyle was gunned down by someone he was trying to treat. >> reporter: 25-year-old eddie ray roth was charged with two counts of murder with the death of legendary military sniper chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. kyle was one of the most skilled and deadly snipers in u.s. history. he once shot a target more than
hostage in alabama heads into the fifth day. >>> leon panetta talks about life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just that. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good monday morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with a developing tragedy in southern california. a bus carrying a tour group from tijuana collided with mountains killing eight and injurings more. authorities say the driver reported brake problems as the bus came down the mountain. it rear ended a car before flipping and hitting a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer. passengers described the scene. >> starts to move so fast, and the people start screaming. >> two or three minutes swerving in and out? >> yeah. >> everybody was scared. everybody was screaming. >> the bus was reportedly returning from a ski outing to big bear. >>> well, today president obama will travel to minneapolis to push his proposal for broader gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. tracie potts
. outgoing secretary leon panetta is critical of this week's confirmation hearings for former senator chuck hagel. he said the hearings should have been less political and partisan and more about the tough issues hagel would face. >> what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today, what about the war in afghanistan, the war on terrorism, what about the budget sequester and the impact it's going to have on readiness? what about the middle east turmoil? what about cyber attacks? all of the issues that confront a secretary of defense, frankly, those were -- we just did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues. >> you can see chuck todd's full interview with defense secretary leon panetta and with the joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey tomorrow on "meet the press." >>> up next the 15-year-old who was nominated for the nobel peace prize. >>> a passing to note tonight, andre cassagnes inventor of the beloved etch a sketch has died in france. he came up with the idea in the 1950s and since then more than a hundred million have been sold. he was 86 years old. >>> s
secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmakers to act and on the political consequences of backing controversial gun legislation, biden argued, i promise you, times have changed. >>> this morning, the los angeles times is reporting that heads will roll at the l.a. county office. as many as seven deputies have been told they'll be fired for belonging to a secret clique called the jumpout boys. members allegedly celebrate police involved in shootings. >>> on we
in afghanistan. leon panetta said that was not the case. he said those figures were for the total international contingent, not those from the u.s. alone. >> other nato countries will contribute as well. >> the u.s. is counting on substantial support from allies. no firm decisions have been taken on which countries will be supplying soldiers. >> leon panetta initially -- officially announced the role in the north. germany is already the lead nation in the north. >> nato soldiers on the ground will have to wait for a final decision. the questions will be addressed at a special summit in june. former minister pledged cooperation with the u.s. following north korea's recent nuclear tests. he met in washington with his counterpart, john kerry, who said north korea's behavior was reckless. other issues included china. they pledged to work together on the middle east. we will continue with this later in the show. first, sports. in germany's soccer, the match was a lackluster affair. the host had their best chances in the second half. the frankfurt defender managed to stop two near misses. the goalkee
of defense leon panetta testifies on capitol hill today about the attacks on the compound in libya. this follows his dire warnings about dramatic budget cuts due to kick in next month. panetta spelled out a list of cuts the pentagon will have to make, cuts he says will seriously undermine the military. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the cuts are already happening. the pentagon is shrinking its presence in the persian gulf of aircraft carriers. it's par of that long list that secretary panetta that said these cuts are going to have to happen in the coming weeks all because congress cannot agree on an alternative to the budget cuts that are going to kick in as well as a 2013 budget. the "uss truman" was expected to pull out of norfolk tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came in the truman will stay in port to save money. >> playing the waiting game. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> the pentagon is carrying u.s. presence overseas ahead of $55 billion budget cuts that
in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. >> leon panetta is leaving his job as secretary of defense. in an impassioned address this week, secretary panetta warned of the looming budget cuts the pentagon faces due to sequestration. sequestration is washington argot for automatic spending cuts that will slash defense department budget by roughly $42.7 billion this year alone. the cuts are currently scheduled to go into effect on march 1, three weeks away. in his speech, panetta says the pentagon is already preparing itself for the budget axe. one of the most visible signs weeing the reduction from two to one the number of aircraft carriers the u.s. operates in the critical persian gulf. >> this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> question. can the pentagon survive budget cuts or are secretary panetta's worries on the mark? mort zuckerman. >> yes, i think they can survive it. they have a
sayysaatomatic speedinn cuts to its budget ill e devasttting. efeese secretary leon panetta and others warn that the u-s could &pfall behind its eneeies. jennifer griffin tells us about tte dramatic changes the mmlitary would have to make. make. for the firss time in two years the pentagoo says it aircraft carriers in the persian gull. the u-s-s truman would have left defenseesecretary leon panetta blamed the utback on things will get worse.sot - being a firsttrate power in the world, we'ddturn inno a seconddrate power. that would the president'' top dempseyysayss "... yoo won't finddthis chairman arguing that we need to do more with less. you'll find me arguing &pthat if that happens we need to do less with less." as the u-s and most of its allies decrease theirrdefense spending, its advvrsariee are doing the opposite: in fact russia will surpass u-s defense spendiig in erms of overall perrent of gdp in just pwo years. china is slated to overtake the u-- in 2035.sot jim thomas says: ".. you've seen ouble digit increasss in chinese defense spending for more than 15
the biggest barrier to combat roles yet. the [bleep] and balls requirement. >> leon panetta announced the military will let women serve in front line combat units including infantry, armor, artillery even potentially special forces >> jon: wow. first gays, now women. what's next? noncitizens? oh, really? for hundreds of years before both those other groups? the point is to it's a major policy shift. there are bound to be detractors >> there are certain anatomical facts about upper body strength. your 6'4 ," 240 pound marine you're injured and you need the marine next to you carry back to safety. your the marine next to you is a 5'4 "women who weighs 115 pounds. >> jon: you're going to have tons and tons. (mumbling) with their wee little hands and their wee little feet. have you ever seen them eat. they pick up a dinner roll like this. and a tine he little sharp teeth. wait a minute. i'm thinking of mice. mice should not be serving in the military. no matter how adorable they might be. sergeant whiskers, i can't napalm you. as for the woman are too weak eument it would be a bad idea to
, the lack of an adequate warning, it takes hours to be able to respond. >> defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey explained why the military couldn't do more to save the lives of ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods and glenn dougherty in benghazi on september 11. >> united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> republican senators weren't satisfied. >> did you know how long the attack was going to last, secretary panetta? >> no idea. >> well, it could have lasted for two days. any airplane launched anywhere in the world before the attack was concluded? >> if you're talk being a aircraft, no, senator. >> your response, general dempsey, are very inadequate and in my opinion, the same kind of inadequacy for the security which you provided at that consulate. >> they wanted to know what the president knew and when he knew it. >> sew didn't ask you what ability we had in the area and what we could do? >>
on the senate side that leon panetta and general dempsey both said that he and hillary clinton had argued last season for arming the rebels in syria. more than 60,000 people have died, but that others on the foreign policy team pushed back, and the president made a decision not to. >> yeah. let me just say on this one i may be inclined toward the president. i'm not certain who those -- who would get those weapons. i don't want to fwet into too much detail. i'm also on the intelligence committee, but i'm -- i am not certain that those weapons wouldn't fall into the wrong hands, and that's a real problem we've had in syria. maybe more should be done earlier on to get better control of the rebels, but now to me there's too many unsavory pro-islamist elements among those rebels, so i am not certain that they should be given weapons. that's a tough call, and i'm not close enough to it on the ground, but from what i do know, i'm very leary about giving any weapons because they could end up in the hands of islamists. >> congressman peter king, it's great to have your perspective, and thank you and go
children. officials department to extendingcloser benefits to same-sex partners of of the military. leon panetta is contemplating making this move which could same-separtners to to the un base commissary and other health and welfare programs. say a same-sexrs partner would have to have some type of documentation to receive some benefits. >> we're monitoring a developing story in the district for not found thehave of the deadly rowhouse fire in southeast. two people were killed when fire raced through this home. one firefighter -- when arrived, flames doorshooting out of every and window. two people died at the scene. celebration in full swing baltimore today to 48 hours the ravens won the super bowl. people thousands of streets of charm to welcome the ravens back home. it started with a rally at city hall, a parade to the streets of baltimore. join us from baltimore. >> it was a purple love fest out here today. i have not heard any official crowd estimates yet. a lot of people. they rode a top military vehicles as conquering heroes. flacco, ed reed -- >> we are glad they made it. we supp
this. i thought what was telling in the past c.i.a. directors and particularly leon panetta have made clear they are not going re-litigated this issue with personnel of the c.i.a.. he embrace this had report and very troubling. >> chris: some people that followed, the senate democrats put out a big report that in effect said enhanced interrogation, water boarding especially, didn't lead to any results. >> in the past, c.i.a. directors have been pretty protective of the agency saying whatever questions you have about this, they are going to be protective of the personnel. i'm not clear that is going to be the case with pren in an moving forward. on these other issues, he was lightning rod for drones which are super popular with the public. drone strikes rather than put american boots on the ground. it also avoids the difficult issue of what you do with alleged terrorists when you capture them. it is politically explosive issue and they can avoid that with drone strikes they are getting a lot of heat from the liberal left. >> chris: there was a number of questions in the hearing about n
leon panetta hosted a ceremony honoring former secretary of state hillary clinton. this event includes remarks by joint chiefs of staff chairman general martin dempsey. this is 45 minutes. >> present.♪ [playing "star spangled banner"] >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 18th chairman of the joint chief of staff, general martin dempsey. [applause] >> secretaries, flag officers, our guests today from the department of state, happy valentine's day. [laughter] the lore of martyrdom says that saint valentine was martyred because he was marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry by the roman law of the day. he was a man who loved soldiers and servicemen and women. it is fitting in that regard that we are here to honor a recent and great secretary of state hillary clinton. she has been an enormous champion of military servicemen and women and their families. it is a privilege to honor one of the most dedicated public servants. this is the highest award that i can present to a civilian. the secretary is no stranger to awards. we know that you have eight honorary degrees, a wood
boy. >>> authorities say no more explosives have been found. >>> leon panetta will testify about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. senators want to question leon panetta about the attack in benghazi libya and there is a lot of questions about the lack of security at the consulate. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> around the world they are blood casting what a -- broadcasting what appears to be u.s. spy drones and they claim they have decoded the spy drones. >> reporter: i just got off the phone with the department of defense. the person who can speak to me about it will not be there for another 45 minutes. it shows an aerial view of the city, possibly a u.s. drone base in afghanistan. iran is using this as a way to spy on middle eastern countries that want to be left alone. this all comes as the senate intelligence committee will receive a classified document on how u.s. drones can be used. some are angry saying they targeted americans overseas without congressional oversight. reports show two americans were killed in 2011 were wo
kidney nose and mouth cancer. >>> defense secretary leon panetta will return to his california home with a full security detail. today by the way is leon panetta's last day in office. he will have a full detail assigned to him for the procedures and leon panetta was both a defense second and cia director. >>> he is set to board air force one in maryland and the president is heading out to georgia today and this is the second day of the president's post state of union tour. that i had georgia, he will talk about his plan -- today in georgia, he will talk about his plan with the head start program. >>> there is an app and it is called the cookie finder but it was launched by girl scouts and it allows them to find out when scouts are selling those cookies, near you. >> dangerous. >>> coming up at 7:00, what is going on, sal? >>> the toll place
served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> today is defense secretary leon panetta's turn to answer questions about september's deadly attack in benghazi, libya. he and the chairman of the joint chiefs will testify before the senate armed services committee. they will discuss the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed there including ambassador chris stevens. >>> the threat of huge budget cuts next smooth forcing the pentagon to make a drastic move this morning. defense secretary leon panetta says the number of aircraft carriers stationed in the critical persian gulf is being reduced from two to one. the decision comes just one day before the uss harry truman was to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been kept in the region for most of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> and we've learned the man chosen to replace leon panetta as defense secretary will not receive a confirmation vote today as originally planned. the senate armed services committee decided
to block chuck hagel, the current defense secretary leon panetta is on his way out. they gave mr. panetta his sendoff on saturday, though it looks like he'll probably be in charge for another week or so. his time has been a period of lasting change for the u.s. military. after the end of the iraq war, he has overseen the beginning of the end of america's longest war ever in afghanistan. the clinton era policy of "don't ask, don't tell" ended under leon panetta's watch, at his recommendation that the nation allow openly gay people to be a part of the military. last year secretary panetta took steps to reform the way the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks, going as far in those reforms as he could without help from congress. he also opened new assignments in the military, new roles for female soldiers. last month, with the end of his term near, he proclaimed an end to the ban on women in combat, full stop. well, today in a new memo, the outgoing defense secretary, leon panetta, made another historic change, saying that discrimination based on sexual orientation no longer has a
't argue with him. who won't confront him. i think leon panetta's been a pretty good secretary. >> rose: drones. john brennan got into it at his confmati. me s thathis is an unusual situation. that the president has carried forward some of the baigs policies and that he's effectively waged war against terrorism using drones and that he should be commended for it. what say the former vice president? >> well, i like the drone program. when we came in, we had the drones as intelligence platforms but we didn't have any weapons on them. they were unarmed so you could go find a target but then you had to bring in another platform in order to take it out. and it was about the time of 9/11 or shortly before that that we began to arm drones so you could find a target and hit it at the same time. a hellfire missile or a 500 pound bomb. i think it's a good program and i don't disagree with the basic policy that the obama administration has pursued in that regard. i put a caveat on there. i don't think they have the capacity at this point to capture al qaeda individuals and be able to develop them
understood it, but it is apparently not the way that leon panetta meant it. that was the headline out of brussels today. those troops, that's nato combined, that's not just us. that was the headline. the other news of course was that representing the united states and apparently confusing the germans in brussels today was leon panetta, the guy who with great fanfare supposedly just stopped being our secretary of defense. here was leon panetta at his farewell ceremony, his big ornate farewell ceremony. this is dated fully two weeks ago. leon panetta has already said goodbye. he was supposed to be home at his walnut farm in california by now. in this meeting today in brussels to plan the end of the afghanistan war, it was supposed to be the international debut of the guy who is replacing leon panetta. it was supposed to be the international debut of america's new defense secretary, which is why the nomination for defense secretary was probably one of the very first second-determine nominations that president obama announced. chuck hagel ended up not being in brussels today. he has not b
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